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1909 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost

Rolls Royce Silver Ghost 1909 by Beaulieu pond

the best car in the world

Termed by many 'the best car in the world', the Silver Ghost was first shown at the London Motor Show at Olympia in 1906.

This particular car was originally a deep claret limousine supplied to Colonel Fergusson of Dundee.

In 1924 the car was rebuilt as a hearse when the chassis was fitted with a dark royal blue and black body made by Craigie & Mitchell. In 1930 the hearse body was removed and the suspension strengthened to take a Mann Egerton crane and drop side body for John Morris, who used the car until 1952.

The lifting gear was then removed and the vehicle used as a break-down truck until it was found and acquired for display at Beaulieu in the mid-1950s. The current reproduction bodywork fitted in 1961, was constructed by Leslie Willis in the style of a Barker Roi des Belges.

Quick Facts

  • Maximum speed 65mph/104.61kph
  • Price new (chassis only) £985
  • Place made Derby
  • Maker Rolls-Royce Ltd
  • Made of metal, wood, leather, rubber and glass
  • Dimensions Length 4.72m, Width 1.70m, Height 1.65m, Front track 1.44m, Rear track 1.44m, Wheelbase 3.6m

Facts

  • The 1909 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost was made with an engine capacity of 7,046cc, and six cylinders.
  • This car was chosen by Theresa Browning (Friends Secretary) as her favourite object on exhibition in the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. Theresa has been a member of staff at Beaulieu since 1989. Watch the video in the "Gallery" section to see Theresa talk about the significance of this car to her.

Gallery

Rolls Royce Silver Ghost 1910 of JS Montagu
Rolls Royce Silver Ghost 1909 being used as a tow truck
Rolls Royce 1909 with 1924 Hooper Body
1909 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost

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